New makeup releases get me so excited, which is exactly what I felt for the latest Smashbox Cover Shot Palettes in collaboration with actress Shay Mitchell. There were 7 palettes released, each with a different vibe and a different shade of Shay. All of them were so gorgeous it was quite hard to choose, but I went for Golden Hour, the perfect array of golden and bronze hues.

What got me falling head over heels for the palettes were their own individual packaging, each encased with a unique lenticular print, which is a moving image, in this case a pretty powder explosion. They are all so gorgeous, and Golden Hour’s own case is pink and super girly. Aside from the gorgeous packaging, the palette is small and compact and is an essential to take on the go with you. It comes with 8 stunning shades, two mattes and the rest shimmers that give you so many options of different makeup looks.

As for the shadows and how they perform I was so impressed. They claim to be super pigmented and easy to blend, and they are exactly that. Each shade, even the mattes, are packed full with pigment and to my surprise you don’t get any fall out. You can pack them on with a dry brush, but for fuller intensity I like to use a wet brush and usually cheap amoxil usa dampen with MAC Fix +. They blend out seamlessly and last all day long without creasing. Although the shadows are super pigmented they are really finely milled, which helps them be crease and transfer free.

My favourite look to create with this palette is a super feminine bronze eye with a purple smoke on the bottom lash line. For this I use Hero all over the lid and Dope in the crease, then Psyched all over the lid with Stare in the outer v. For the pop of colour on the bottom lash line I used Rock Stars, and this helped bring the look together and give it a bit of a twist. This is super easy to create and I love this for everyday wear. One shade I wish the palette had was a matte brown, or a slightly deeper version of Dope so that you can create a more intense crease.

Shades from L-R:

Dope – a matte nude cream

Hero – a matte light cream

Lights – a light nude/cream shimmer

Hotline – a bronze shimmer

Turned On – a light brick brown shimmer

Psyched – a deep bronze shimmer

Rock Stars – a deep purple shimmer

Stare – a dark brown shimmer

Now I’ve tried one I’ve got my eyes on Ablaze, which is packed with warm tones and more mattes.

What shadow shades are your favourite?

Megan ?



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